Tuesday, October 03, 2006

New Music Reviews for October.

I finally got around to downloading some new albums. I gotta say that news iTunes 7.whatever is pretty tight. I like it alot. Here's what I've bought:

The Killers "Sam's Town"

Just got it tonight so am still warming up to it but screw all the Rolling Stone's of the world who gave it 2 stars. I think it has immense potential to grow on me. Then again, I'm a sucker for earnestness. They got it in spades.

I get a real Abbey Road-era vibe from the whole thing with lots of choral voices and set-up pieces. Sure, some of the songwriting is Springsteen, but the tracking and flow of songs is very late-era Beatles. Add to that it's a semi-conceptual album about America and places like Sam's Town where dreams may, probably may not, come true and I'm liking it. "Read my Mind" has a really cool sound, there are still plenty of glammy synths all over the album, and "Exitlude" is a really cool ending song to the album—a great choral close-out. "Outside the sun is shining, seems like heaven ain't far away." Quite a change from "heaven ain't close in a place like this." The whole "Enterlude"/"Exitlude" thing is a little silly, but I like albums that work as a cohesive piece and are built around a central thought rather than a collection of ten songs you wrote. Take the "Joshua Tree" for instance. Amazing. But that's a whole other posting.

Yo La Tengo "I am not afraid of you and will beat your ass"

Yeah, I said the same thing: "what's up with that title?" Don't know. But the music behind it is really good and much more back to their more melodic, up-tempo roots than either "And then nothing turned itself inside out" or "Summer sun." Easily their best since the frikkin' masterpiece of "I can hear the heart beating as one." Serioiusly, if you don't own that, let me know and I'll give it to you. It's a great fall album to boot. But this new one opens and closes with two nine minute songs which is always nice. And they're such sweet and unsupecting people to boot I can't help but love them. I mean look at 'em: Georgia, Ira and James. The best thing to come out of Hoboken since Frank.

How they get that much noise out of the three of them—a married couple (she on drums, he on guitar) and the big fella on bass—is beyond me.

Nada Surf "The Weight is a Gift"

This one's been out for a while but it's a winner. These poor guys got hosed in like '96 with that awful song "Popular" kind of like Radiohead did with "Creep." And they never recovered. But they've been quietly putting out great music for years. Really mellow pop with the occasional slinky mid-tempo number. My new favorite song is "Blankest Year" and "Your legs grow" is a beautiful tune." Check it out if you can.

It should be a good fall full of tunes.

Oh right, I almost forgot. Go Yankees.


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